Monday, August 25, 2014

Show Notes 08/21/2014

Thursday Show 8/21/14

$619 billion missed from federal transparency site
A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.
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Gov’t Spends $50K on Green Cooking Alternatives
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop stored solar stoves as a solution to the “global cooking problem.”
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JUDGE: JUSTICE DEPT MUST PROVIDE LIST OF DOCUMENTS
A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
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DOD transferred over 43 billion worth of Military equipment to local police
The Department of Defense transferred over $4.3 billion worth of surplus military equipment--including 345 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), 205 grenade launchers and over 12,000 bayonets--to more than 17,000 state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation since 1997.
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GAO: Defense Department ‘Violated’ Two Laws in Bergdahl
Prisoner SwapThe Government Accountability Office issued an opinion today that found the Obama Administration "violated" two laws when it ordered the transfer of five high profile Taliban commanders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity.
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US Army veteran, West Point grad killed fighting for Ukraine
A West Point graduate and former Army Ranger who honored his Ukrainian ancestry by defending the nation against Russian-backed separatists was killed in fighting near the border, according to reports.
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Still 'Drinkable': 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck
A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis.
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Pet-friendly dating websites help animal lovers find romance by uncovering canine chemistry
Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do.
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Stop Testing 'Alternative' Treatments, Some Researchers Say
Some types of alternative medicine, such as homeopathy and Reiki, should not be tested in clinical trials anymore because the therapies are not grounded in science, and studying them is like testing whether magic works, some researchers argue.
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